Nagant M1895

The Nagant M1895 Revolver is a seven-shot, gas-seal revolver designed and produced by Belgian industrialist Léon Nagant for the Russian Empire. The Nagant M1895 was chambered for a proprietary cartridge, 7.62×38 mmR, and featured an unusual "gas-seal" system, in which the cylinder moved forward when the gun was cocked, to close the gap between the cylinder and the barrel, providing a boost to the muzzle velocity of the fired projectile and allowing the weapon to be suppressed (an unusual ability for a revolver). Other Nagant revolver designs were also adopted by police and military services of Sweden (7.5mm M1887), Norway (M1893), Poland, and Greece (Περίστροφον M1895).

Nagant M1895
Class Manportable
Type Handguns
Manufacturer Fabrique d'armes Emile et Leon Nagant
Production Period 1895 - 1945
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Belgium 1895
Russia (USSR) 1895
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Belgium 1895 View
Finland View
Germany View
Kazakhstan View
Philippines View
Poland View
Russia (USSR) 1895 View
Spain View
Sweden View
Syria View
Ukraine View
Yugoslavia (Serbia) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Panstwowa Fabryka Karabinów 1895 1945 View
Fabrique d'armes Emile et Leon Nagant 1895 1945 2000000 View

Type Revolver
Place of origin  Russia
Service history
In service 1895–1950s (USSR)

Wars Boxer Rebellion, Russo-Japanese War, World War I,Russian Revolution of 1917,Russian Civil War, Winter War,World War II, Chinese Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War
Production history
Designer Emile & Léon Nagant
Designed 1886
Manufacturer Nagant, Soviet Arsenals (Tula & Izhevsk), Panstwowa Fabryka Karabinów
Produced 1895-1945 (1895-1898 Nagant, 1899-1945 Tula, 1930 Warsaw, 1943-1945 Izhevsk)
Number built ~2,000,000
Variants Single-action NCO version, .22 caliber sporting model
Weight 1.8 lb (0.8 kg), unloaded
Length 10.5 in (235 mm)
Barrel length 4.5 in (114 mm)
Cartridge 7.62×38mmR (7.62mm Nagant)
Caliber 7.62mm
Action Double action, Single-action
Rate of fire 14-21 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 1,070 ft/s (327 m/s)
Effective firing range 50 yds (46 m)
Feed system 7-round cylinder
Sights Fixed front post and rear notch

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